Harvard Law professor: “Legal lions Boies and Olson set back gay marriage”

    Noah Feldman at Bloomberg: “What there isn’t is room for Olson and Boies, two accomplished, intelligent and perfectly charming people who have lumbered into an extremely sensitive and complex area of legal activism in which they are, frankly, newcomers. Their Proposition 8 efforts substantiate this problem. Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the Ninth Circuit wrote an opinion in the Prop 8 case that was designed to avoid Supreme Court review — because he himself, a former colleague of Kennedy’s and the maestro of pushing the constitutional envelope, judged that the Supreme Court was not quite ready. When the case went before the Supreme Court anyway, Olson and Boies pushed the claim for universal gay rights instead of emphasizing Reinhardt’s narrow holding. They had to — because they were in it for the historic judgment, not to win a one-off case for their clients.”


  • Posted: 02/07/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.bloomberg.com

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Senator says attorney in Utah marriage case has conflict of interest

Alabama Chief Justice pushes for marriage protection amendments

    AP: “‘The moral foundation of our country is under attack,’ Chief Justice Roy Moore said in an interview with The Associated Press. He mailed letters Wednesday to all 50 governors urging them to get their legislatures to call for a convention to add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying the only union recognized by state and federal governments is ‘the union of one man and one woman.’ He also is setting up a website to rally public support.”


  • Posted: 02/06/2014
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Sherif Girgis: Why fight for marriage?

Same-sex “marriage” legal arguments heat up in Virginia, Utah | CBS

Defense of marriage amendment expected to be issue in Wisc. AG race | OneNewsNow

Same-Sex Divorce | California Law Review

“Judge vows quick ruling on Va. gay marriage ban” | CBN

Arguments heard in federal challenge of Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban | NYT

“Virginia wedding ban builds illegal way for gays, Olson says” | Bloomberg

Olson: Judge in Virginia marriage ban case says she’ll rule “soon” | Keen News Service

Utah tells court children threatened by same-sex “marriage” (Virginia case) | Malay Mail

Court hearing in constitutional challenge to Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban | Daily Press

Case challenging marriage amendment heard in Va. | WRIC

Judge hears Virginia same-sex “marriage” ban case | CBN

Judge promises quick decision on Virginia’s same-sex “marriage” ban | WVEC

Judge says to rule soon on Virginia same-sex “marriage” ban | Reuters

Arguments in Virginia marriage fight are familiar, but Southern setting for case is new | Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Utah files first arguments in marriage appeal

Federal judge pledges quick ruling on Virginia’s marriage amendment | Washington Post

The negative effects of absent fathers

    Anna Sutherland at Family Studies: “Growing up without a father—whether that’s due to divorce, a nonmarital birth, or a father’s death—is associated with a host of negative effects. But given that children from low-income families, for instance, are more likely to live apart from their father in the first place, it can be hard to tell to what extent an absent father causes the problems that father absence is associated with, and to what extent other factors related to both family structure and child outcomes (like household income) are to blame.”


  • Posted: 02/04/2014
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: family-studies.org

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Scotland’s marriage redefinition bill is passed

Olson and Boies seek role in two same-sex “marriage” cases

Virginia same-sex “marriage” case gets class action status | WORLD

Race on same-sex “marriage” cases runs through Virginia | Washington Post

Court hearing set over Virginia’s marriage protection amendment

Polygamy bill held up pending Utah legal case

French gov’t retreats on family policy reforms after big protests

Indiana: Senate panel schedules marriage ban hearing

“10th Circuit rejects request from 3 gay couples”

Ranking Oregon House Republican supports redefinition of marriage

Minnesota: Supporting redefinition of marriage brings in campaign cash

Va. House OKs measure to defend marriage protection amendment

ACLU suit challenges legality of Wisconsin’s marriage protection amendment

Religious Freedom and Marriage in Federal Law | Heritage Foundation

    Thomas M. Messner at the Heritage Foundation: “Legal recognition of same-sex marriage will increase the potential for conflicts with religious freedom. The recent Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor intensifies these concerns by characterizing traditional marriage policy as a form of irrational prejudice. Public policy should value, not condemn, those who uphold the ideal of a mother and father for children. Even public officials who support same-sex marriage, however, should support religious freedom. At the federal level, policy should protect religious freedom and rights of conscience in areas that include tax exemptions, deductions for charitable contributions, conditions attached to government programs, federal spending in educational and social service programs, and accreditation of higher education institutions.”


  • Posted: 02/03/2014
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.heritage.org

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Monogamy made us human

Court upholds Hawaii law permitting same-sex “marriage”

Suit against VA marriage amendment gains class action status

Marriage shift has Kansas right scrambling for legislative solutions

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence wants voters to decide on same-sex “marriage” ban

Utah AG joins other states in defending Nevada’s ban same-sex “marriage”

Arkansas seeks to toss federal lawsuit challenging voter-approved law banning same-sex “marriage”

Patrick J. Deneen: Corporatism and same-sex “marriage” are natural bedfellows

Kansas: Measures introduced to end ban on same-sex “marriage”

Judge: Most of suit challenging WV marriage protection amendment can proceed

Court to allow Utah lengthier brief in same-sex “marriage” appeal

Marriage is not just for rich people

VA: Herring explains decision to fight marriage protection amendment

SD: Senate Bill 66 would protect clergy who refuse to officiate at same-sex “marriages”

Nebraska: Sarpy County extends benefits for same-sex couples

SD: Brookings County clarifies policy on same-sex “marriage” benefits

Judge denies adoption to avoid undermining N.Y. same-sex “marriage” law

Utah bill would let residents support marriage amendment on tax form

ACLU suit against Utah’s marriage amendment moves to federal court

Hearing to go forward Thursday in constitutional challenge to Virginia’s marriage laws

Oklahoma marriage appeal will be put on fast track

Illinois lawmaker files bill protecting consciences of religious organizations

Indiana House amends HJR-3, possibly delaying referendum

Fighting family breakdown will take more than contraception

Prince William clerk part of same-sex “marriage” case | Prince William Times

Leah Farish: A handful of people should not decide the future of marriage

Ross Douthat: More imperfect unions

Church of England’s bishops defer marriage decision

Utah: Religious freedom and anti-bias bills announced at pro-traditional marriage gathering

Kansas lawmakers seek conscience protection for individuals, businesses

Virginia AG won’t defend state’s marriage protection amendment | West Hawaii Today

VA: Prince William court clerk joins suit defending marriage | Inside NOVA

Conservatives react to Herring’s stance against protecting marriage

Alaska senator: Same-sex “marriage” inevitable

Republicans slam Virginia AG Herring’s decision to attack marriage protection amendment

Costa Rica: Presidential candidates reluctant to endorse same-sex “marriage”

“Second sentence” becomes focus in Indiana marriage fight

Attorney general wants court to strike down Virginia marriage protection amendment | Washington Post

Kellie M. Fiedorek: Let Hoosiers vote on marriage amendment | IndyStar

“Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, says Virginia Attorney General” | WSJ